Help Ensure a Safe Environment

Your Safety is Our Priority

If you see something, say something: report suspicious behavior on our Columbus campus to University Police at 614-292-2121 or off-campus to Columbus Police at 614-645-4545. Of course, always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Follow Ohio State's Department of Public Safety on Twitter for safety or emergency information at @OSUPolice and @OSU_EMFP.

2017 Department of Public Safety Annual Security Report & Annual Fire Safety Report

Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP)

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) in collaboration with University Public Safety has developed a Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP) to assist with emergency responses in Denney Hall. This plan is managed and coordinated through the Office of Public Safety, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention with the assistance of Environmental Health and Safety. The BEAP correlates with the larger Ohio State University Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) for campus operations during large scale or campus-wide emergencies and departmental specific business continuity plans for departmental operations during departmental or campus emergencies.

Click here to access the Building Emergency Action Plan for Denney Hall.

Automated external defibrillator

An Automated external defibrillator (AED) can be found on the west end of the 1st floor of Denney Hall, outside of ASC Advising. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. For more information, please view the Powerheart G3 Plus user demo.

Disruptive & Distressed Individuals

The Office of Academic Affairs with Ohio State’s Counseling and Consultation Service and Employee Assistance Program have developed the “Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals” to help you assist anyone in the university community experiencing distress or causing a disruption. You can find it on their website. Ensuring a safe environment for students, faculty and visitors to our campuses is one of our highest priorities.

Additional coaching and training opportunities are available:

  • At Risk, an online simulation training for helping students in distress. Contact: University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, 292-3644.
  • Dealing with Disruptive/Distressed Individuals workshop. Contact Micky Sharma, Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service.
  • REACH, a one-hour suicide prevention workshop for students, faculty and staff.

Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service

Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service has developed a new phone app, OSUCCS, which provides simple techniques to relieve anxiety, help de-stress and promote wellness. OSUCCS also connects students, faculty and staff to other resources and a one-click calling feature to contact CCS right away. Download OSUCCS from your app store. Compatible with iPhone and Android. 
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Buckeye Alert

Please sign up for the university Buckeye Emergency Alert system by going to Employee Self-Service.  Please consider these emergency apps as well as following OSU Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook.

In the case of an actual emergency, you will be provided instructions on what actions you should take. Examples include:

  • "Shelter In Place" - If an incident occurs, it may be safer to stay indoors, because leaving the area may expose you to that danger.  In these or other circumstances, you may be asked to shelter-in-place rather than evacuate a building or area.  Shelter in place means finding a safe location indoors and staying there until you are given an “all clear” or told to evacuate. You may be asked to shelter in place because of an active shooter; tornado; or chemical, radiological, or other hazard.
    • How You Will Know to Shelter-in-Place – A shelter-in-place notification may come from several sources, including the Ohio State’s Public Safety, Student Life, other university employees, or other authorities utilizing the university’s emergency communications tools.
    • How to Shelter-in-Place – No matter where you are, the basic steps of shelter-in-place will generally remain the same. If the need ever arises, follow these steps, unless instructed otherwise by local emergency personnel:
  • "Avoid the area" - An incident may be affecting a part of campus that we need all faculty, staff and students to avoid for a short period of time.
  • "Tornado Warning" - This means the National Weather Service has indicated that tornado has been spotted (in person or on radar) in Franklin County near or heading towards our campus. All Ohio State faculty, staff, students and visitors should take cover in the nearest building. Go to the lowest level possible and avoid windows, glass and exterior doors.

For more information on Emergency Procedures visit Ohio State Emergency Mangagement's webpage.

OSU Police may issue a “Public Safety Notice”. These are to inform the campus community of a crime or series of crimes that you need to be aware of so that you can take the proper precautions to remain safe. This is not an emergency notification (Buckeye Alert). A Public Safety Notice might be issued for several different crimes including (but not limited to) sexual assault, burglary, robbery, arson. All OSU email addresses (, buckeyemail, etc) automatically receive these notices. A list of Public Safety Notices issued by OSU Police in the past can be found on the Department of Public Safety's webpage.

LifeLine Response

A safety app for smartphones available free-of-charge to Buckeye students. 

Student Advocacy

The Student Advocacy Center is committed to helping students navigate Ohio State's structure and to resolving issues that they encounter at the university. Their purpose is to empower students to overcome obstacles to their growth both inside and outside the classroom.  They encourage students to maximize their educational experience and prepare them for involvement in the larger community and for life beyond college.

The Graduate Association of Mental Health Action and Advocacy

The Graduate Association of Mental Health Action and Advocacy (GAMHAA) provides support and advocates for the needs of OSU graduate students' mental health and wellness. The association provides the opportunity for students to join together to make the university a healthier, more egalitarian place by spreading awareness, enacting anti-stigma initiatives, and advocating for positive grassroots change in the way graduate study is conducted at OSU. To contact us or become a member, please email us at 

The Graduate Association of Mental Health Action and Advocacy is proud to announce the inaugural issue of The GAMHAA Ray, a biannual publication advocating for the mental health rights and needs of graduate students at OSU. In this issue, you'll find graduate student personal narratives, data from the Council of Graduate Students' wellness survey, a reflection on caring for the self and others, and mental health resources on and off campus. Please read, share, and, if you're a grad student (or were one recently), consider contributing in the future to help us spread awareness and fight stigma. We would especially appreciate it if faculty or staff who have connections to other departments or centers on campus would help us by forwarding this email or putting us in touch.

The Employee Assistance Program

The Ohio State Employee Assistance Program - Ohio State is committed to being a healthy workplace, which includes benefit offerings to help faculty and staff manage life’s challenges. Faculty and staff have access to the Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that offers tools and resources to help address complex issues that can be affecting your mental and emotional well-being.  EAP services are also available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff’s immediate families, members of their household and parents and parents-in-law.

Work a pain in the neck? Check your desk 

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker. Environmental Health & Safety has implemented an ergonomics program to focus on the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders associated with repetitive job duties. In this edition of the Environmental Health & Safety Brief, learn tips to make your workstation more ergonomic friendly. 
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Share the Road

With more than 100,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus each day, we all need to look out for our fellow Buckeyes while walking, biking and driving. We encourage everyone to Share the Road and keep traffic safety in mind while traveling. Pedestrians should use marked crosswalks and sidewalks. Eliminate distracted behaviors by removing cell phone earbuds and being aware of your surroundings. Motorists should keep an eye out for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Please utilize transportation services such as the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) or our Student Safety Service Safe Ride program, which operates from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on our Columbus campus.

Some CABS routes and service times have changed — including the MC Express, Campus Loop North and Campus Loop South. Find the bus service that best fits your needs and download the Ohio State Mobile app for real-time CABS bus tracking.

Our Student Safety Service officers provide free rides on the Columbus campus, by appointment, at 614-292-3322. If you choose to use a non-university affiliated ride-share program, please remember the following tips:

  • Follow the ride-share vehicle on GPS 

  • When the car arrives, visually confirm vehicle information likely provided through the companies mobile app before approaching

  • Do not ride in the front seat or share your cell phone information

  • If you feel unsafe, or that something is not right, leave the area and contact authorities

  • Pedestrian Safety Maps

Additional Resources

Sexual Misconduct

Ensuring a safe and healthy campus climate for our students and for all members of the university community is a top priority at Ohio State. As part of the university’s comprehensive plan to combat sexual misconduct and relationship violence, Ohio State is providing online training, "Building a Supportive Community: Preventing Sexual Misconduct." User tip: enable pop-ups on your browser. Faculty and staff (GTA’s are considered staff for this purpose) are encouraged to complete this 45 - 60 minute training. Every faculty and staff member, regardless of title or supervisory role, has an obligation governed by Ohio State policy to report instances of sexual assault to the university. 

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“What happens when I report incidents of sexual misconduct?”

It’s encouraged that you accompany the person in contacting university counseling services.  This will ensure that the person is assisted immediately. When incidents of sexual misconduct are reported, the immediate concern is the person’s safety.  Once the person’s safety is confirmed, advocates work to ensure the student’s academic success.  Investigations follow these first two concerns.  While investigations can take time, the first two concerns are addressed immediately.

Syllabus Statements of Title IX

Instructors who wish to include information on sexual misconduct in their class syllabus, the university's Statement of Title IX can be found at the bottom of the Course Syllabus Recommendations pages of the Office of Undergraduate Education website. 

Title IX Office

Please visit the Office of University Compliance and Integrity Title IX website where you will find information on best practices in Title IX training. In addition, for faculty who wish to include information on sexual misconduct in their class syllabus, the university's Statement of Title IX can be found at the bottom of the Course Syllabus Recommendations pages of the Office of Undergraduate Education website. 

Office of Student Life - Sexuality, Civility and Empowerment

Sexual Civility and Empowerment (SCE) is dedicated to inspiring students to intervene, heal, and interrupt patterns of personal behavior. We promote openness, respect, and civility among all members of the university community. Through comprehensive prevention initiatives and support for victim/survivors, we work to shift university culture and reduce all forms of sexual violence.

Sexual Misconduct policy

Includes information on the following and more:

  • Confidential Support Services
  • Reporting Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
  • Employee Duty to Report
  • When employees aren’t required to report disclosures

Contact Info

Kellie Brennan, J.D.
Compliance Director and Title IX/Clery Coordinator
Office of University Compliance and Integrity 
South Campus Gateway | 21 E 11th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201-2190
614-247-5838 Office   513-602-7047 Cell

Jonathan Parry, SHRM-SCP
Employee & Labor Relations Consultant
Office of Human Resources
1590 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
614-247-8819 Office

Surviving an active shooter

Everyone is encouraged to watch Ohio State's "Surviving an Active Shooter" to learn about the national "run, hide, fight" best practice. OSUPD works hard to keep our campus safe, but it is always helpful to review safety protocol and be aware of your surroundings. We encourage everyone to report suspicious behaviors to OSUPD at 614‑292‑2121 or 9‑1‑1 in emergencies. 
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Veteran's Affairs Office

Bias and Assessment Response Team

Buckeyes ACT

Pedestrian Safety Maps

Emergency Alert Notices

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services

Safety Resources & Programs

Online Training for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence available online

Sexual Misconduct Policy…

Responding to discrimination and sexual harassment, D&I Flyer

Ohio State Open Doors

Campus Security report:

Get the OSU App for safety and other resources

University Workplace Violence policy

University webpage on Cleary Act on crime reporting

pinwheel resource cycle for victims of sexual violence

listserv policy

Affirmative Action EEO, Non-Discrimination policy

Ohio State Whistleblower policy